Numero Group: By The Numbers

Complete Mythology Live
November 15, 2010, 1:18 pm
Filed under: Newsworthy, Syl Johnson | Tags: , , ,

We’re less than two weeks away from Syl Johnson live at Old Town School of Folk Music, and while there are only a few handfuls of tickets left, we’re upping the ante anyways with the additions of Otis Clay and Jackie Ross! Clay has been a mainstay on the Chicago soul scene since the early 1960s, cutting a flood of singles for One-Derful! before hooking up with Syl as a producer on few Cottillion 45s and following him over to Hi. Ross was an original background singer during Syl’s Twinight tenure, though why she needed to moonlight after “Selfish One” popped in 1965 is a mystery. Both will perform their signature songs, as well as duet with Syl.

Not to be out-shined by the senior circuit, Syl’s daughter Syleena will join the fray, 8 months pregnant to boot. A frequent collaborator with R. Kelly and Kanye West, Syleena’s three albums for Sony over the course of the last decade don’t exactly mirror her father’s output, but it will be interesting to see how Syleena’s modern chops stack up with Syl’s vintage howls.

The highlight of the show is of course Syl Johnson, who will be performing nearly a dozen songs he’s never done outside the studio, but his 17-piece backing band is nothing to sniff at either. Bernard Reed, Morris Jennings, Willie Henderson… Syl’s hired a who’s who of elite Chicago session players.

Numero will, of course, be on hand to sell our wares, including a stark “Is It Because I’m Black” t-shirt and the Complete Mythology box, and we’ll see if we can get Syl out to sign a few autographs.

See you on the 27th!

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